ANTHONY P. DOWIDOWICZ was a career Camden Fire fighter. He was born on April 7, 1942, one of four children born to Mary and Anthony T. Dawidowicz, the others being sisters Mary Ann, Veronica, and Jane. The Dowidowicz family had come to Camden by 1942. The City Directory for 1943 shows a residence at 1720 Fillmore Street in Camden's old Eighth Ward, and the family remained at that address as late as the fall of 1970. His father worked for the American Dredge Company in Camden for 47 years. 

After serving in the United States Navy during the early 1960s, Anthony P. Dowidowicz married Diana Ruggieri in 1965. On May 1, 1969 he was appointed to the Camden Fire Department. He was initially assigned to Engine Company 2, then went to Engine Company 6. After a few year with Engine Company 7 on Kaighn Avenue he was promoted to Captain, and assigned to service with Rescue Company 1. Late in is career Captain Dovidowicz was stationed at Engine Company 3, a short walk from the old family home on Fillmore Street, where he led 4th Platoon, consisting of himself, Arthur J. Gibson, Ralph Jones, and Mark Kogut.

After 27 years of distinguished service to the City of Camden, Anthony Dovidowicz retired from the Fire Department. 

Anthony and Diana Dowidowicz and their family moved from Camden when residency requirements were relaxed in the 1970s. After leaving the Fire Department, he spent a good deal of time fishing and enjoying life aboard his boat.

Last a resident of Deptford NJ, Anthony P. Dowidowicz passed away on December 13, 2008.

Camden Courier-Post * December 2, 1980

Firefighters wind up their battle yesterday against a morning blaze that killed four children in their home on Erie Street in North Camden.

Second floor: Edward Murtaugh - Robert "Sonny" Frett
Ground: Joseph Marini - Richard Brooks - William Colucci


Harold H. Pike - Anthony Dowidowicz - LeRoy Adams - Hallie Adams - Merel Hall - Robert Hall



Camden Courier-Post
November 2, 1993

Dennis Dowhy
Anthony Dowidowicz
Joseph Broccoli
Kenneth Penn
Luis Angel Perez



The best I can offer about Tony Dowidowicz is that if I was trapped in a burning building I'd sure as hell want Tony to be working.

Jim Alexander
December 15, 2008

Camden Courier-Post * November 14, 2008

Anthony P. Dowidowicz
DOWIDOWICZ, Anthony P. On December 13, 2008 of Deptford, formerly of Camden. Age 66. Beloved husband of Diana M. (nee Ruggieri) of 43 years. Loving father of Tina and her husband Dan Giaquinto and Anthony Dowidowicz. Devoted "Little Pop-Pop" to Danny Giaquinto. Dear brother of Maryann Urban (Robert), Veronica Dick (the late Charles), Janie Miller (the late Robert) and brother-in-law of Gina White (Steve). Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and God-children. Anthony retired as a Captain from the Camden City Fire Department after 27 years of service. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He loved fishing on his boat the "Lady Di" and was known as "Tony the Fisherman". Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Thursday morning from 8 to 11am at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 12 noon at Most Holy Redeemer RC Church, Westville Grove. Interment private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Anthony's name to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Expressions of sympathy may be emailed to Condolences@ GardnerFuneralHome. com.